If you’re a happy human, great! Keep smiling and share your happiness with the world.
If you’re not, it’s ok. In my experience there are a lot of unhappy people out there. A lot of people fighting their battles in silence, trying to deal with shitty circumstances, emotional trauma and what life’s thrown at them. A lot of people who don’t feel fulfilled in life and a lot of people who are just drifting along, existing without really living.
This is a short article as much about my experience as it is mindset. I am extremely proud of how far the Andorran Alpine Ski Team has progressed over the last 2 and a half years. Leaps and bounds in all areas including ski performance, physical capacity, training mentality, nutrition, discipline and more, but I’ll openly admit that I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way and we still have a long way to go. After all, they aren’t world champions YET.
Enabling athletes to be better at doing what they do best is why I’m in this and learning from failures, however big or small is a huge part of that process.
Lots of people talk about “just wanting to be happy”. I’m not going into anything deep here, I just want to mention the easiest first step towards daily happiness and something you can do anywhere, anytime. SMILE! Actively smiling can positively effect your mood and make you happy!
Mmmmm I love hummus! I also prefer to make my own because I know exactly what’s going in it, nothing but wholesome fresh ingredients! Here’s a recent batch I made with some added red pepper, give it a try and let me know what you think.
- 500 grams pre-soaked chick peas
- 1/2 red pepper
- splash of olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 lemon juice
- 1 tbls tahini
- pinch of salt and pepper
It’s great to have a high protein diet when you train a lot and have an active lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean you need to eat meat every meal or even every day! I’m gradually shifting towards a mostly plant based diet. One day I may get to full vegetarian or even vegan. Anyway this recipe is packed full of protein, contains no meat and is totally delicious.
- 1 tin black beans
- 1 cup pre soaked lentils
- 1 courgette
- 1/2 aubergine
- 4 tomatoes
- 1/2 red onion
- handful of spinach
- handful of raisins and apricots
- 2 garlic cloves
- tbsp fresh mint
- thumb ginger
- curry powder
Homemade soups make for great nutritious meals and snacks. And by far my favourite way to make soup is by roasting the veg first! I’ve got a few decent soup recipes that will be appearing on this site soon, first up though is this delicious roasted cauliflower and parsnip soup, garnished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds. Give it a go and let me know what you think.
- 3/4 cauliflower inc leaves
- 3 large parsnips
- 1 red onion
- 6 garlic cloves
- olive oil
- almond milk and water for consistency
- seasoning: black pepper, chilly salt and paprika
- garnished with fresh mint and pomegranate seeds
Serves 6-8 people
Beetroot is one of the most underrated “super foods” out there! It has numerous health and performance benefits such as the lowering of blood pressure and improving muscle oxygenation during exercise (aerobic energy system) that come as a result of its high nitrate content. So what better way to start the day than eating it for breakfast and you won’t find many tastier ways than as part of this pancake recipe!
- 2 large eggs
- 1 banana
- 1 medium beetroot
- small thumb of ginger
- 1/2 avocado seed
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1 scoop protein (optional)
No one likes to admit it but we all make mistakes. A huge key to success is excepting that failure is an essential part of the process, that no one is perfect and that you need to learn from where you go wrong so that next time you can make more informed decisions and have a better chance for success. In other words, mistakes are inevitable and essential in the process of self-development.
In this post I’m going to give a few “what would you do?” examples of mistakes that can easily occur in various S&C roles. Some are taken from my own experiences (there’s a long enough list to choose from), one is from the experiences of another coach and some parts are fictional/hypothetical. The idea is to get you thinking about how you might handle such situations so that you are better informed if you encounter similar positions and for when you next f*ck up.
If you’re going to be successful in life then you need to be committed to CPD, continued PERSONAL development. Yes I intended to say personal instead of professional. I believe you make your own luck in this world; if you’re committed to being the best person you can be, you will reap the rewards. I have previously talked about the importance of gaining experience in developing as a coach coupled with the knowledge to support your practice here. However they are not the only skills you need to be successful. You must set goals, be efficient with your time, be great at making friends and understand how people work as human beings as well as the impacts your actions have on others. This article contains a list of 5 books that I believe are essential reading material not only for S&C coaches, but for anyone who wants to be successful. I know there are many more significant books out there and indeed in my own library, these are just the ones, which I feel hold the most value.
Motivation is often hard to come by. It’s all good watching a compilation of Rocky and Ali on YouTube saying something inspirational to get you pumped for the gym, but how long does that motivation last? Do you have to watch one of those videos every time you train?